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Esop Award winners 2017

The winners of the 2017 Eso awards.

Submissions for the 2018 newspad awards are now open

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their award entries – the judges will have plenty to get their teeth into. However, do not despair if you missed the October deadline, as the Centre is seeking more nominations for this year’s newspad employee share ownership awards.

The newspad awards recognise the achievements of companies which offer employee share plans and hold up best practice models for other companies to follow.

The  extended deadline for all nominations is 5pm on Friday November 16 2018. The winners will be announced in a special edition of newspad.

Please read the rules below. If you have any questions, please contact us at esop@esopcentre.com or call +44 (0)20 7239 4971.

Categories

  1. Best all-employee international share plan (companies with more than 5,000 employees)
  2. Best UK centred all-employee share plan (companies with fewer than 5,000 employees)
  3. Best employee financial education programme
  4. Best share plan communications
  5. Best use of video communication
  6. Best use of technology in employee share plans
  7. The most creative solutions to employee cultural, jurisdictional or social diversity issues when launching international all-employee share plans
  8. The Laurie Brennan award for astounding achievement

 

Entries

Each entry must be made using our secure online form.

Please complete a separate entry for each nominated company or award and consult the entry rules below.

The winners will be decided by a panel of impartial judges chaired by Malcolm Hurlston CBE.

Rules

  1. A plan issuer company can nominate itself for an award.
  2. A practitioner can nominate a client company for an award provided permission has been received from the client company. The practitioner must be a member of the Esop Centre but the nominated client may be a non-member.
  3. A practitioner can nominate a different client company for each award, or the same company for more than one award, but cannot nominate more than one client company for the same award.
  4. A plan issuer company can nominate itself for more than one award.
  5. Judges and their companies or clients are not eligible to apply for any award.
  6. All entries must be made using the online entry form. Submissions should be accompanied by supporting documentation (please see the online entry form for further details).
  7. Entrants should be prepared to co-operate fully with the judges or their representatives, where necessary, in response to enquiries seeking additional information from short-listed entrants.
  8. The decision of the judges is final.
  9. Commercial sensitivity will be respected.
  10. No charge is made for entries.

 

category descriptions:

Best all-employee international share plan *
An all-employee share plan can be a particularly effective way for a multinational company to bring together a diverse global workforce to help achieve key corporate goals. Applications to this award category will be judged on how successfully the share plan meets the company’s objectives in light of the complexities of cross-border arrangements. 
* In a company with more than 5,000 employees and participants in at least three countries.

Best all-employee share plan 
All-employee share plans help spread the wages of capital and boost company productivity. This award category highlights how share schemes can be used to benefit employee and business alike.

† In a company with fewer than 5,001 employees and participants in no more than two countries.

Best financial education of employees
Share plans can be complex and difficult to understand for the ordinary worker. This award category recognises the efforts of companies to promote participation in broad-based share schemes through dedicated financial education programmes.

Best share plan communications
Communication is key to the success or failure of an all-employee share scheme. This award category highlights the need for communications programmes that are sensitive to the circumstances of an individual company and the make up of its workforce.

Best use of video communication
Video communication can be an extremely effective way of promoting participation in an all-employee share scheme. This award category recognises the benefits of audiovisual communication in engaging with national and multinational audiences.

Best use of technology
Without effective technological solutions, all-employee share plans would be prohibitively expensive and time consuming for many companies. This award category recognises innovative uses of technology to manage, communicate and administer share schemes in a fast changing world.

Most creative solution
All-employee share plans often raise particularly challenging situations. This award category is designed to recognise particularly creative solutions to difficult problems encountered in the design and administration of share schemes.

 

 

Previous winners

2017

Most Creative Solution
Winner: Google

Best all-employee international share plan *
* Participants in at least three countries.
Winner: Nokia
Highly commended: Sage Group

Best all-employee share plan
Participants in no more than two countries.
Winner: Valero

Best share plan communications
Winner: Telefónica
Highly commended: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

Best use of video communications
Winner: Amadeus IT Group

2016

Best all-employee share plan in a company with more than 1,500 employees
Winner: Computershare
Highly commended: Just Eat

Best all-employee share plan in a company with fewer than 1,500 employees
Winner: Chess Ltd

Best international all-employee share plan
Winner: Nokia
Very highly commended: Rio Tinto

Best all-employee share plan communications
Winner: Aviva

Best financial education of employees
Winner: Henderson

2015

Best international all-employee share plan in a company with more than 1,500 employees in at least three countries
Winner: Amadeus IT Holding

Best all-employee share plan in a company with fewer than 1,500 employees
Commended: Henderson Global Investors
Winner: Abzena

Best all-employee share plan communications
Winner: Royal Dutch Shell

Best in financial education for employees
Henderson Global Investors

Best integration of an all-employee share plan into a wider programme of employee engagement
No award in 2015

Best use of video in share plan communications
Winner: Telefonica

Best employee equity intervention by a major company chairman or ceo
Sacha Romanovitch, ceo of Grant Thornton

2014

Best international all-employee share plan in a company with more than 1,500 employees in at least three countries
Winner: Shell

Best all-employee share plan in a company with fewer than 1,500 employees
Winner: Conviviality

Best all-employee share plan communications
Commended: BSkyB
Winner: Rio Tinto

Special Award
BT, for its £1.1bn ShareSave payout

2013

Best employee share ownership plan (more than 1,500 employees)
Winner: Edwards Group

Best employee share ownership plan (fewer than 1,500 employees)
Winner: Igas Energy

Best all-employee share plan communications
Commended: W M Morrison Supermarkets
Winner: Pearson

Esop Institute student of the year
Stuart Clarke of RBC cees

2012

Best employee share ownership plan for a company with over 1,500 employees
Commended: Diageo
Winner: Royal Dutch Shell

Best employee share ownership plan for companies with fewer than 1,500 employees
Commended: The London Stock Exchange
Highly Commended: Imagination Technologies Group
Winner: Henerson Global Investors

Best communications supporting an all-employee share plan
Commended: Whitbread Group
Highly Commended: Flybe Group
Winner: J Sainsbury

2011

Best employee share plan in a company with more than 1,500 employees
Commended: Pearson
Joint Winners: Barclays and Ericsson

Best employee share plan in a company with fewer than 1,500 employees
Highly Commended: Telecity
Winner: Innospec

2010

Best employee share ownership scheme (More than 1,500 employees)
Highly Commended: BT
Winner: Shell International

Esop Institute student of the year
Anne-Louise Flowers, formerly of Sanne Group

2009

Best international employee share plan
Highly Commended: Diageo and RSA Insurance Group
Winner: Serco Group

Best small company international employee share plan
Winner: Telecity Group

Esop Institute student of the year
Winner: Charlie Germain from Ogier

2008

Best international employee share ownership plan for smaller companies
Winner: Telecity

Best international employee share ownership plan for larger companies
Winner: RSA

Esop Institute student of the year
Kristopher Poulton of Deloitte